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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s angry words to Man Utd stars after Young Boys loss



Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told his Manchester United players to wise up after two self-inflicted errors saw them slump to a shock defeat.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s straight red card in the first-half allowed Young Boys to equalise, then Jesse Lingard’s kamikaze back-pass saw the Swiss champs snatch the win in the 95th minute.

Solskjaer and skipper Harry Maguire both admitted United need to show more discipline and focus if they are to have any chance of going far in the Champions League.

“It’s in football in general, not just the Champions League,” said Solskjaer.

“Discipline is a huge part of the game. Aaron’s normally a very, very astute tackler, one of the best in the world, so we know we’ve given ourselves a more difficult task.

“A lack of concentration, make a mistake and you get punished, you get done.

“We did that last year, we conceded two sloppy counter-attacks against Basaksehir and lost that game, and lost this one in the last seconds.

“We’ve lost the opportunity to get three points but we’ve got two home games next and got to focus on those two.”

United captain Maguire said: “Discipline is a huge part of tournament football.

“If this was a knockout game and we go out of the competition because we go down to 10 men, everyone would be kicking ourselves.

“We’re fortunate it’s the first game of the group and we have time to bounce back from it.”

Solskjaer claimed Ronaldo should have had a penalty before the hosts equalised – when he was bundled to the ground – and accused 32-year-old ref Francois Letexier of bottling the decision.

“He should have had a penalty and it should have been a sending off the other way,” said Solskjaer.

“But he probably didn’t give it as he’d have had to send him off and that’s sometimes what you get with young refs.”

Defending his decision to take Ronaldo off at 1-1, Solskjaer said: “He’s exceptional, but we have to look after him and it felt like the right moment to take him off.”

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PHOTOS: Buhari receives no. 10 Jersey as FIFA President, Gianni Infantino visits Aso Rock



President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday received the FIFA President, Mr Gianni Infantino, and CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe in State House, Abuja.

During the courtesy visit, the FIFA president presented a number 10 jersey and a football to President Buhari.

The No. 10 jersey is regarded as an iconic number in football and is usually worn by players believed to be skillful and have a great impact on a team.

According to a Facebook post by Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, Sports Minister, Sunday Dare was also in attendance during the presentation.


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FIFA Rankings: Nigeria maintain position as Belgium, Brazil, England occupy top 10 [Full list]



Nigeria’s Super Eagles maintained 34th position in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola world ranking that was released on Thursday.

The ranking was published on the world football governing body’s official website.

In Africa, Nigeria maintains its number five position.

Senegal is Africa’s highest-ranked team as they are in 20th place, Tunisia are in 25th, while Algeria are 30th and Morocco in 33rd position.

Guinea-Bissau moved up as they climbed to 105th, while Egypt and Sudan, dropped to 48th and 127th spots respectively.

Liberia rose to 144th, Cape Verde remained at 77th and the Central African Republic dropped to 124th.

Meanwhile, the top ten countries in the world are Belgium, Brazil, England, France, Italy, Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Mexico and Denmark.

The next FIFA world ranking will be released on 21 October, 2021

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Liverpool 3-2 AC Milan: Jordan Henderson’s stunner seals comeback win



Liverpool opened their Champions League campaign with an instant classic as Jordan Henderson’s stunning strike secured three points against AC Milan.

It was a memorable night at Anfield as the Reds sealed a 3-2 comeback victory over the Italians.

Trent Alexander-Arnold helped fire the Reds in front as his deflected effort, which went down as a Fikayo Tomori own goal, gave them a well-deserved lead.

But after Mohamed Salah failed to convert a spot-kick to double their advantage, the Serie A side were somehow in the lead at halftime after a quickfire double from Ante Rebic and Brahim Diaz.

Salah then redeemed himself by bringing the hosts level just after the break, before Henderson’s screamer put the Reds back on top to seal the win.

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